Trying to create an employee schedule--especially when many of your employees are part time or have limited availability--can be an especially infuriating puzzle. ABC Roster is an easy-to-use program that can take at least some of the hassle out of this important managerial task.
The program's interface is attractive and fairly intuitive, with an optional wizard that can walk you through the steps of creating a schedule for the first time. We were surprised by the number of features that ABC Roster has; you can assign skill levels to each employee and set the minimum average skill level per shift, set the minimum and maximum number of supervisors per shift, and set parameters for the number of back-to-back shifts, hours worked per week, days off per week, and more. You can enter each employee's weekly availability and have the program automatically create the schedule, a pretty amazing feature for anyone who's ever driven herself crazy trying make employee availability fit scheduling needs. You can even enter each employee's pay rate and the program will calculate your anticipated weekly payroll expenditures. We loved it that ABC Roster lets you e-mail schedules to employees, too. The program comes with an extremely thorough PDF Help file that includes plenty of screenshots. Overall, we were quite impressed with ABC Roster, and we think it's a great choice for anyone who's sick of trying to create schedules manually and is ready for an easier alternative.
ABC Roster installs and uninstalls without issues.